The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world. Each month we ask them 10 questions. Our team is the greatest asset we have, and its a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are.
This month we feature Yi Jin – an associate in Melbourne, Australia.
1. First up – how long have you worked with us?
2. Why did you join us?Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?
I was in consulting for 3 years but struggling to pivot my career progression towards business / management consulting. Majority of the projects that I had been on were very tech focused, which helped me to build a solid technical foundation. But I decided to pursue what I really wanted to learn & grow – business design, business agility, business consulting.
3. How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?
I actually started my career in the retail industry where I had been a management trainee for over a year in HK and China. It was a spectacular learning experience both for my personal & professional development. I was able to work very closely with top leaders across the Greater China region by shadowing them and grasp a broad understanding of the entire business in a short period of time. Retail is such a fascinating industry that is so fast-paced and close to people’s lives. I had a taste in all the exciting, cutting edge technologies (e.g. digital wallet, WeChat Pay, Alipay) and E-commerce in China. The overall experience made me a more mature, resilient, curious and open to anything kind of person.
4. How do you balance your work life with your ‘real’ life – Do you have a good balance and how important is it to you?
Coming back to work in Australia, I’m grateful for the work life balance we’ve got in this country, so I won’t complain. A good balance is definitely critical, but what’s more critical to me, is that I can really enjoy my work and truly find fun in what I do. Work is part of my ‘real life’, haha.
5. With so many of our team remote working, we always like to ask how do you have your home office/desk set up? Organised or chaos? Any top tips?
My home office is set up in my dining/living room, which means I have all the space I need, it becomes super handy when I need to put lots of post-it notes up on the wall, but the downside is the endless temptation of food. Top tip: Please get a second screen if you haven’t done so, it is so life changing.
6. Do you play music during your Agile workshops with clients? What do you recommend on your latest playlist?
I don’t. It’s probably a good idea to try it out.
7. How do you think technology has best helped humanity and do you have any concerns about our future?
Such a philosophical question. I am fascinated by the fact that even though there are many skeptical point of views on how technologies have negatively impacted humanity & mother earth, I cannot think of one technology that has only done bad stuff and nothing good has come out of it. So I am positive of how technologies can and will help us in the future.
8. Strategic Foresight allows companies to detect changes early and ensure action is taken quickly. Which companies have you seen able to change and adapt quickly. (and hopefully using Agile methods to do so)
ING Bank. One of the greatest (if not THE greatest) values of Agile is to be customer focused. ING got the basics right: provide relatively seamless online / mobile app experience (sounds so simple, but not many banks can do it well)
9. What does success mean to you personally?
That I have not failed my own expectations on myself.
10. Finally – You’ve time travelled back to your 10- year old self – What advice would you give?
Don’t listen to mum, just play more sports
Special 11th Question – How have you found working through life and work during COVID?
Life wise, COVID has definitely made me appreciate what I used to have: hanging out with friends, travelling, going back to China to see my families, etc. Work wise, I’m glad that it has opened up opportunities for remote working and exploring alternatives to collaborate and get things done.
ADPATOVATE are pleased to share some of Yi Jin’s personal vlog videos over at our YouTube Channel.